News from GT

December 2nd

Ms. Hanna out Thursday and Friday

Ms. Hanna will be out Thursday and Friday. She is presenting at the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Conference in San Antonio. There will be a sub both days.

Storytelling Assignment Due Next Week

This week in class we discussed the final semester assignment. After spending September and October looking at various types of visual and written storytelling, students will produce a culminating assignment.

Tell a story, fiction or non-fiction, using any medium you wish.

Some ideas discussed include:

  • comic
  • documentary
  • short story
  • stop-motion animation
  • original song
  • editorial
  • children's book

This assignment is due next week:

  • 6th grade - Wednesday, December 9th (note Wednesday class)
  • 7th grade - Tuesday, December 8th
  • 8th grade - Wednesday, December 9th

FLL Robotics Tournament Volunteers Needed

HCMS will host an FLL Robotics Tournament Saturday, December 12th. We need both student and adult volunteers. Many of these spots require no previous robotics experience.

For middle and high school students needing service hour credit. There are several opportunities. To find out about the open spots and sign up, please visit the signup page.

Schedule Change - Hour of Code 2015

HCMS will once again host a school-wide "Hour of Code" - watch the principal's email for details - on Thursday, December 10th.

Because Ms. Hanna will once again be assisting with this, 6th grade classes will move to Wednesday, December 9th.

Last year's event was a huge success, with hundreds of students participating. We hope this year's turnout is just as strong.

6th Grade GT Field Trip

On Thursday, January 7, 2016, our 6th grade GT students will be visiting the University of Texas for a fascinating Chemistry Circus demonstration. This experience will be a great opportunity for the kids to explore this exciting field of science!

We will leave Hill Country Middle School by school bus at 9:00 A.M. and return by 1:30 P.M. Students are responsible for all work missed in 1st – 5th periods that day.

Weather permitting, we will walk from the chemistry building to Dobie Mall. Students should wear appropriate foot and outer wear for the weather that day.

Cost for the bus will be $5.00 per student. Please send either cash or check payable to HCMS with the permission slip. Students will receive permission slips in class Thursday. Some of the options include:

Oishi Japanese Fusion

Burrito Factory

Hoa Hoa


Niki's Pizza

Oma's Kitchen (Korean)

In the past, this trip has been very popular with parents. Unfortunately, we will not have room on the bus this trip. Mrs. Nookala and Ms. Hanna will ride the bus with students. Parents are welcome to join us at UT to watch the presentation and/or join us for lunch at Dobie. UT students will not yet have begun classes on January 7th, so parking may not be as much of an issue.

TEDxYouth@Austin 2016

Uniquely designed to engage, excite and connect Austin’s most curious high school and middle school students, TEDxYouth@Austin invites you to dive into important and inspirational topics with highly successful doers + thinkers; to be entertained by passionate performers; and to directly experience a wide range of one-of-kind opportunities in the truly interactive xLabs with students from all over the city.

Each year a theme guides the work of the TEDxYouth@Austin team, and this year they will explore all the meanings of Full Circle — connecting big ideas across time, geography, generation and discipline — often in surprising ways.

To learn more, you can visit the TEDxYouth@Austin site.

This year's event is Saturday, February 13th, from 1:00 - 5:00 at Westlake High School. As always, this event is free to attend. There are a limited number of spots for both students and adults, so register now.